Around Ravenglass

Around Ravenglass

Location

Cumbria

Directions

  • Take the ‘La’al Ratty‘ from Ravenglass Station to The Green Station, Eskdale Green. When you leave the train at The Green, walk to the end of the platform and turn left then immediately right to follow Bankend Wood. Continue along track until junction from Muncaster Head farm is reached.
  • At the junction turn right through field gate and then immediately left onto footpath over Muncaster Fell.
  • Go through the opening and take path on the left which goes around, below the crag to Ross’s Camp.
  • Continue ahead past Hooke Crag, Muncaster Tarn then down Fell Lane.
  • At the junction with A595 you should turn right along the track towards Brankenwall Barn and then left across the field to Muncaster Castle visitor car park.
  • Cross A595, enter castle grounds through a stone archway and proceed to visitor centre where refreshments and toilets are available. From the visitor centre turn right along the track signposted Ravenglass, you will pass a Roman bath house.
  • Ravenglass was an important naval base for the Romans in the 2nd century, Glannoventa. Little remains now of their large fort except for the remarkable bath house. The fort possibly represents the southern extremity of the ‘Western Sea Defences’, a line of forts and watch-towers strung along the north-western coastline of Cumbria; a western extension of Hadrian’s Wall.

Highlights

  • Hooke Crag
  • Muncaster Castle and Gardens
  • Roman Bath House
  • Ravenglass to Eskdale Railway

Nearby attractions

  • Hardknott Pass
  • Hardknott Roman Fort
  • Muncaster Watermill
  • The Lake District National Park
  • The World Owl Trust
  • Wrynose Pass
Route image: 
Route type: 
Circular
Distance: 
6 miles
Estimated walk time: 
4 hours
Grade: 
Moderate
Suggested start/finish: 
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway Station (Grid Ref: SD 086965)
Tourist information: 
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway Station, Tel: 01229 717171, Muncaster Castle, Tel: 01229 717614
Public transport: 
Cumbrian Coast line from Carlisle or Lancaster, buses available to Ravenglass, Tel: 0871 2002233 for latest timetables
Ordnance Survey Map: 
OS Landranger OL6
Places to eat and drink: 
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway Station, Ratty Arms, Pennington Arms and Muncaster Castle
Other walks in this area: 
Cumbrian Coastal Way.
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